It was beautiful morning, and was able to take a leisurely walk over the shingle to the patch of gorse scrub where the Wryneck had been seen before I arrived.
On the walk there I saw three Whinchat, always good to see, before scrambling across the shingle towards the gorse where another local birder was peering into the vegetation from a distance with his camera and big lens.
|Whinchat on the gorse near the observatory
|The Wryneck at first appeared fleetingly for one photo
While we waited an Osprey that had stuck around the reserve for a few days could be seen in flying around in the distance before it dived down out of view, probably with a fish in its sights.
The Wryneck stayed hidden for another 20 minutes before it eventually came out to feed behind some twigs for a few minutes. Such a fabulous bird, one of my absolute favourites, although clear views were at a premium.
|The Wryneck liked to play hard to get
|Three of the four Great White Egret
|A Great Crested Grebe gets a close-up view of a Spoonbill coming in to land
|The Spoonbill at Denge Marsh – and not asleep